Mother-daughter duo created a children's book about the coronavirus
How do you explain something like a pandemic and put it into a a book for children?
The colourful and inspiring new book, Together, Apart: Life during the Coronavirus, offers hope for kids; and reinforces the relatable message of hand washing, physical distancing, and staying home. It's intended for children aged 4-10, told from a child's perspective.
Author Loukia Zigoumis commissioned the help of her mother, the renowned Greek-Canadian artist Katerina Mertikas, to illustrate Together, Apart. Mertikas has illustrated children's books before, however the mother-daughter collaboration is a first.
"After talking to my four year-old niece who couldn't understand why we had to 'vacation at home,'" says Zigoumis, "I realized putting our words to paper would help more children understand their current reality better, showing them they're not alone during this confusing time."
All proceeds are being donated to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Kids Help Phone.